Dr Taghreed El Hajj

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Taghreed is a public health professional and an early career researcher. She holds a PhD degree in Sociology from the University of Leicester and a Master degree of Public Health, with a focus on health promotion and community health, from the American University of Beirut. Her doctorate research focused on understanding the social risks of sexual behaviour among university students in Beirut and investigating the strategies they utilise to manage these risks. She draws on more than eleven years of research and programmatic experience. Before she joined LSTM, Taghreed worked as a freelance consultant with ‘Watipa Community Interest Company’ on sexual health issues relating to HIV, stigma and discrimination, gender and sexuality. She also worked as an ‘HIV officer on stigma’ at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in London on sexual health and HIV-related issues, between Oct 2011 and Nov 2015. Before that, she worked in academia for more than six years as a ‘Research Assistant’ and a ‘Senior Research Assistant’ at the American University of Beirut, department of Health Promotion and Community Health.

Her research interests revolve around sociological and public health related issues in terms of health promotion, disease/illness prevention and policy change. More specifically, she is interested in sexual and reproductive health research; social and health risks; gender-related issues; as well as research capacity strengthening.

Taghreed is  Deputy at the Postgraduate Research Degree Board of Studies and a member of the Early Career Researchers Group at LSTM

She is also a  member of the ‘Reproductive Health Working Group’ network in the Arab Region and Turkey

Selected publications

  • Nakkash, R., Torossian, L., El Hajj, T., Khalil, J., & Afifi, R. (2018). The passage of tobacco control law 174 in Lebanon: reflections on the problem, policies, and politics. Health Policy and Planning, 33 (5), 633–644. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czy023

    El Hajj, T. (2016). The social risks of premarital sex among university students in Beirut: strategies and negotiations (Doctoral dissertation, Department of Sociology). http://hdl.handle.net/2381/38038.

    Nakkash, R.T., Alaouie, H., Haddad, P., El Hajj, T., Salem, H., Mahfoud, Z., & Afifi, R.A. (2012). Process evaluation of a community-based mental health promotion intervention for refugee children. Health education research, 27(4), 595-607. DOI:10.1093/her/cyr062.

    El Hajj, T., Afifi, R.A., Khawaja, M., & Harpham, T. (2011). Violence and social capital among young men in Beirut. Injury prevention, ip-2010. DOI:10.1136/ip.2010.029124.

    Afifi, R.A., Makhoul, J., El Hajj, T., & Nakkash, R.T. (2011). Developing a logic model for youth mental health: Participatory research with a refugee community in Beirut. Health policy and planning, 26(6), 508-517. DOI: 10.1093/heapol/czr001.

    Mahfoud, Z., Abdulrahim, S., Taha, M. B., Harpham, T., El Hajj, T., Makhoul, J., Nakkash, R., Kanj, M., & Afifi, R. (2011). Validation of the Arab Youth Mental Health scale as a screening tool for depression/anxiety in Lebanese children. Child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health, 5(1), 9.

    Makhoul, J., Nakkash, R. T., El Hajj, T., Abdulrahim, S., Kanj, M., Mahfoud, Z., & Afifi, R. A. (2011). Development and validation of the Arab youth mental health scale. Community mental health journal, 47(3), 331-340. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-010-9312.

    Afifi, R. A., Nakkash, R., El Hajj, T., Mahfoud, Z., Hammad, S., Makhoul, J., Abdulrahim, S., Kanj, M., & Haddad, P. (2010). Qaderoon youth mental health promotion programme in the Burj El Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon: a community-intervention analysis (abstract). Lancet.